Integrated Climate Governance (ICG) and Sustainable Development

  • J. David TàbaraEmail author


The present paper introduces for the first time the concept of Integrated Climate Governance (ICG) and critically discusses its implications for EU research and policy on ‘sustainable development’. ICG is understood as a transition-oriented appraisal approach focused on the creation of assessment tools, policy instruments, and agent-based capacities aimed at dealing in an integrated way with multiple scales and domains related both with mitigation and adaptation. The goal of ICG is to support agent transformation for sustainable development. ICG constitutes both a descriptive and normative synthesis of a large corpus of literature and research within the fields of Integrated Assessment (IA), Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA; Rotmans et al. 2008), Social and Sustainability Learning (Pahl-Wostl et al. 2008), and research on the institutional dimensions of global environmental change (Young 2008).


Climate Policy Policy Instrument Climate Risk Policy Domain Climate Mitigation 
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This paper and reflection could have never been made without the inspiration and intensive years of EU research with Alex Haxeltine, Jill Jager, Carlo Jaeger, Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Jan Rotmans, and Paul Weaver. I am also grateful to the reviewers of an earlier version of the paper and to the colleagues and researchers of the MATISSE and ADAM projects. Responsibility for any possible bias or flaws in the arguments presented is only mine.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Environmental Science and TechnologyAutonomous University of Barcelona, Campus UAB.BarcelonaSpain

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